Anatomy of a Typeface

Alexander Lawson

Hamish Hamilton / 1990 / 432 pp

One might consider that Alexander Lawson was rounding up the usual suspects in the typefaces he chose to profile here. Most of them are the old style (serifed) ones that remain overwhelmingly dominant for setting books. But when he wrote these thorough essays the digital boom in typeface design was just beginning. In this light the choices are excellent and many of the faces included here have been inspirations for what has come since.